Alston, NCD, Feb 5 - Sirocco will join in Waitangi Day protests tomorrow and demand the construction of more motorways in New Zealand.
Dubbed “Demand Improvement Day”, the protests will coincide with the protests at Waitangi tomorrow, not far from Alston itself. The aim of the protests is to parody the angry protests at Waitangi each year while protesting a tongue-in-cheek issue.
Premier Daniel Anderson last night decided that Sirocco would protest the current northern terminus of Auckland’s Northern Motorway at Puhoi.
“It’s a disgrace that the motorway currently ends there. Warkworth, Wellsford and Whangarei all need this motorway, and when we get the motorway to Whangarei, it mustn’t stop there. There must be a continuous motorway from Bombay right through to the mid-North. Anything less is an an abomination.”
Beginning tomorrow morning there will be calls for the New Zealand Transit Authority (NZTA) to begin construction of an extension of the Northern Motorway as soon as possible.
Also called for is an extension of the Northwestern Motorway to Helensville, the extension of the Southwestern Motorway to Waterview and the upgrading of the Waikato Expressway to full motorway standard.
With all the aims, the motorway between the mid-North and Huntly will be some 370km long.
However Sirocco has also been put on the defensive, with the National Capital District having issued a security warning. Given the atmosphere at Waitangi at present the Premier has put the Ackland District on a moderate alert, with warnings that those travelling on the A1 east of Shelly Bay may encounter difficulties in their journey.